WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced Tennessean Paul C. Ney Jr. at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as general counsel of the Department of Defense. A transcript of the senator’s remarks at the hearing follows.

“Chairman Inhofe, Ranking Member Reed, and members of the committee, I am pleased to be here with you today to introduce Paul Ney, who has been nominated to serve as general counsel for the Department of Defense.   

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to Paul and his friends. I know he’s got several here, who are friends of mine also, who are here to support him.

“Paul has worked for the state of Tennessee ably and well for many years, currently serving as the chief deputy attorney general. 

“For two years, he was director of Nashville Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development. 

“Paul received his law degree, as well as an MBA, from Vanderbilt University and has been a member of the Tennessee Bar since 1985.

“But Paul is no stranger to Washington and the Department of Defense.

“During the Bush administration, he served as acting general counsel for the Navy, where he led 600 Navy lawyers stationed all around the world. 

“From there, he became deputy general counsel for the Department of Defense, where he advised senior defense officials on constitutional law issues, litigation, detainee policy, and other weighty matters.

“When people who have worked closely with Paul describe him, they use words like ‘respected’, ‘warm’, ‘well-liked’. 

“For someone who is as accomplished and capable as he is, Paul is surprisingly humble. 

“He has a great respect for the permanent civil service and uniformed personnel, and he strives to help them succeed.

“I wholeheartedly support his nomination, and thank the committee for holding this hearing, and encourage my colleagues to support his confirmation.

“Thank you so much for allowing me to do this. It’s an honor to be with you.”